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Hostel Kyotokko (ex Kyoto Cheapest Inn) Reviews

783 Sabamatsu-cho, Marutamachi-dori Matsuyacyo Nis, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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573 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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Real cheap. Welcoming and hospitable staff. Rental bikes available for cheap. Good bus connections. Good dorms, with curtains to cover your bed for a certain level of privacy. No curfew. Free breakfast (which was alright). Averall good hostel. Would use again.


the owner will charge you nickel and dime literally for everything. not many free amenities. wifi is pokey. However, what really makes this hostel super awesome is you can rent a bike for 500-800yen a day. that made my kyoto experience infinitely more fun, zen, and enjoyable. srsly the bike rental is the greatest thing in the universe, and made some of my most memorable experiences in my 10 days in japan. the beds and stuff are alright, and sometimes there are weird smells. central location


Excellent location, clean but smelly share bathroom, good value for your money for 1 or 2 nights. I had to take a cold shower because either the hot water wasnt working in the morning or they turn it off.


It would be nice if there were darker shades in the bedroom. I kept imagining it was morning because of the strange light.


It was one of those places that could be so much more, simply tidy up a bit, a good clean and throw out some of the junk you have everywhere or improve storage. I found it strange that there was a pile of dirty towels on the floor of the evaluator for 3 days - why? Why were the showers dirty and poorly designed? Why did half the lockers not work? - just put some effort into the place. I appreciate the place is cheap and my overall opinion is positive but could try harder - laziness maybe?

  • 30th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Bike rental for 500-800 yen for a day was very convienent. Lockers are useful for storing personal. Breakfast in mornings also welcomed. Staff friendly and helpful. Wifi intermittently on and off on dorm levels but strong on first floor/common room.

  • 25th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Reception, showers, kitchen and the common room are all in the same place. 3 showers for all the hostel and only at the ground floor (there are 5 floors) The breakfast is nice.

  • 24th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


good location to move by bus.

  • 23rd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


This is a pretty good hostel in the middle of Kyoto. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are reasonably clean and there is breakfast in the morning. The 20 bed dorm is busy and there is only 1 toilet and sink on the floor. Showers and additional bathrooms are on the ground floor. You can find better places to stay in Kyoto but it is ok if there are not many options.


I stay here because this was the only place available in Kyoto :(. i didn't feel the place was clean enough. and not hostel fault but the room have certain smell. only one bathroom for 20 guest in 2nd floor. I could stay here if there is no other options.


The roof terrace was very nice, great view of Kyoto. Bike rentals were very useful and the location was perfect to get around, right by Nijojo.


Nice place if you are looking for something cheap. From the JR train station is really easy to get here by bus. Breakfast included and good security (free lockers).. Just try to follow their indications about time (check in especially) for not paying extra money. Good and helpful staff.

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It was a good and easy stay. All I need and wanted was a place to shower and sleep and this fit the bill. It was one of the cheaper places I found but if you are a backpacker than you should be more than satisfied. Also, there was bread and coffee in the morning thrown in so that was one less worry and I could just start my day. Internet worked the whole time so I was happy. I stayed in the big dorm and meet some really cool travelers.

  • 2nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice location near the bus stop, a lot of nice supermarkets and I could walk and reach a lot of important sightseeing sites by feet. The common room isn't very big but it has a nice atmosphere and it was good for meet new people! Code to enter the hostel, lockers in the dorm, clean enough, bike rental and free breakfast which was a nice thing to me! ah! and a nice rooftop to chill at the end of the day. I had a really nice stay there! Good value for money for sure!


This hostel should have kept its former name, "Kyoto's Cheapest Inn", as it is more honest about what you'll find. It's just cheap, in the worst sense of the word. Everything feels unpleasant, the toilets stink, the bathrooms are tiny, ugly, and look dirty. And I'm not a fastidious dude. The location is not great either. I've stayed in much better places in Japan for the same price. Also the internet connection sucks, most people couldn't connect. At least the staff was helpful and kind.


Showers are not clean but they do the job! Location isn't great it took us a long time to find it and to get a bearings once we were there. Atmosphere isn't fantastic as the kitchen and common room are both in the reception. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the free breakfast is very nice. Internet comes in and out depending on where you are, best reception is in the "common area". As a hostel it does the job for the price you pay!


Nice and cheap hostel, altough not the most beautifull. Good common room and good chances to meet people.


I stayed at this hostel as a last resort since everything else was booked in Kyoto. Though I can't say I had a bad experience at the hostel, it wasn't a great one either. It's pretty far from the city centre and the dorms aren't that great. One good thing about this place however is the rooftop patio. Other than that this was a very mediocre hostel.

  • 26th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The room was nice and quite big as well. There were a lot of cupboards, they provided towels and there also was a tv. They also provide free breakfast. The elevator could only be used for moving large suitcases, the stairs were on the outside of the hostel. It's not that close to the JR Nijo station (10-20 minutes walking), but there are bus stops in the street very close by.


Worst directions ever to the hostel. They make you pay for a map and to leave your luggage. Deposits for everything. Wifi doesn't work Really dirty beds The showers are in the living room where everyone eats breakfast and are behind some curtains and there are only 2 showers The bedroom was also a storage area for the hostel Positives: free breakfast

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